SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A deputy city marshal has been cleared by a Caddo Parish Grand Jury in the fatal shooting of Bobby Wallace, according to Shreveport City Marshal Charlie Caldwell. Deputy Marshal Derrek Brown shot and killed the 41-year-old during a fight with a Shreveport police officer, August 2.
“In my heart, I felt that they would come back with a no bill verdict on it because we don’t go out looking to shoot people as police officers,” Caldwell said. “It’s one of those things that I am definitely relieved, now that Derrek can come back to work and do his job,” Caldwell continued, “but obviously it’s also one of those situations that’s difficult for the family,” he said referring to Wallace’s next of kin.
At least 36 units responded to the scene after the Fire Department called police for help in a domestic call.
Caldwell said Wallace was inside the home, in the 2700 block of Sunnybrook Street, “tearing up the house, breaking windows and beating an individual at that time.”
A neighbor, who only wanted to be identified as “Pam,” said she’s the one who initially called 911 after reportedly finding Wallace in his backyard having a seizure. By then, according to Pam, he already has attacked his grandfather, Foster Wallace, inside the house.
“I saw it and when the police came over the talk to him he just hauled off and hit one of the police twice. When the police fell, that’s when I heard the gunshots. I heard three.”
Before the fatal shots were fired, Wallace had been acting violently and erratically, ultimately hitting a police officer, neighbors told KSLA.
Police later confirmed Brown shot Wallace several times after witnessing the officer being punched.